Please consider participating on a CoAPCR Committee to impact the educational offerings in clinical research and your voice to the collaborative work of CoAPCR in supporting the work of academic programs in clinical research.  We aim to enhance curricula of member programs to offer outcomes-based education that will promise highly competent graduates to support the clinical research enterprise world-wide.

How can you become involved in CoAPCR Committees?

The committees work in virtual teams exchanging information and documents via E-mail.  Monthly and bi-monthly conference calls using an Internet connection enable presentations and exchange of documents.

Persons interested in the committee topics may join in these discussions by contacting our Secretary, Kathleen Thoma.  The results of committee efforts will be discussed during periodic CoAPCR webconferences and at the CoAPCR annual meeting.

CoAPCR is presently coordinating the work of four committees:

The Program Directory and Membership Committee is reviewing and consolidating information about the entire existing academic educational programs in clinical research, both in the U.S. and worldwide.   Persons serving on this committee are considering the costs, course offerings, settings, target student populations, information technology and logistics of each of these programs.  The aim is to engage all active academic programs as members in CoAPCR for the exchange of ideas, curricula and outcomes of graduates to best serve the growing research enterprise. 

Contact for this committee is: Jared Kerr (Vice President) 

The Bylaws Committee is working to ensure that bylaws are up to date and applicable to CoAPCR's current mission. 

The contact for this committee is Doreen Lechner.

The Website Committee works to ensure that the website for CoAPCR is up to date.

The committee may be contacted through our Contact Form.

The Committee on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CAAPCR) is sponsored by COAPCR and functions under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Academic Programs.  This committee is represented by a Board of Directors composed of 6 academicians, 2 practitioners, 2 representative of the COAPCR Supporting Membership, 1 public member and 1 student member.  Individuals interested in serving on CAAPCR may apply in writing to the COAPCR Nominating Committee.  Board of Directors serve for 3 years, with the exception of students members who serve for 1 year.  Individuals interested in participating in the accreditation process by serving as self-study reviewers and site visitors may apply online on the CAAHEP website

The contact for this committee is:
Stephen Sonstein, Chair, CAAPCR





(1) Jones, C.T., Parmentier, J., Sonstein, S., Silva, H., Lubejko, B., Pidd, H., Gladson, B., Browning, S. (2012). Defining competencies in clinical research: Issues in clinical research education.  Research Practitioner, 13(3), 99-107.

(2) Sonstein, S., Silva, H., Jones, C.T. (2012). Workshop: Harmonization of core competencies across the clinical research enterprise to help enhance the quality of clinical trials and the personnel who conduct them.  In Program and Abstracts of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Drug Information Association, Philadelphia PA.

(3) Sonstein, S.A., Seltzer, J., Li, R., Jones, C.T., Silva, H., Daemen, E. (2014, June). Moving form compliance to competency: A harmonized core competency framework for the clinical research professional. Clinical Researcher. 28(3); 17-23. DOI: 10.14524/CR-14-00002R1.1  Located at